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Wolf killed during first shotgun season
Posted: 13 December 2011 05:28 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Has anyone heard about a wolf bring killed in northern IL during first shotgun season?

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Posted: 13 December 2011 05:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I heard that one was shot in northwest illinois but no specific details.

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Posted: 13 December 2011 07:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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It was around galena. Weighed around 100lbs.  They thought it was a male who was a lone wolf looking for Ms. Wolf. Chicago Sun-Times ran a story:  http://www.suntimes.com/sports/outdoors/9287532-452/lone-wolves-arriving-in-illinois.html

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Posted: 13 December 2011 08:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Yea there was a wolf killed in NW illinois.  The attached picture is of the wolf.  It was killed north of Savanna, IL about 15 miles north of where I hunt within 5 miles of the Mississippi river.  See the comparison to the 8pt buck below the wolf.  I havent heard who killed the wolf, but have heard what land this was shot on.  Personally, I dont think we should be shooting an animal so rare in our neck of the woods.

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Posted: 13 December 2011 08:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Whoops, i didnt realize this picture was really well known with an entire aritcle posted by galenabob, or i wouldnt have posted the picture.  I think it would really need to see any of these rare animals, wolves, mountain lions, seeing any of them would make for an awesome day in the woods.

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Posted: 13 December 2011 08:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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“Personally, I dont think we should be shooting an animal so rare in our neck of the woods.”
I agree with you CCH, but I can also see how a mistake like this could be made.  We all know about ground shrinkage; size is a hard thing to judge.  I would bet those that thought they were shooting a coyote were telling the truth—after all, who expects to run into a wolf around here?

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Posted: 14 December 2011 10:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I am pretty sure whoever shot this wolf had an idea he was in the area by trail cam pictures or others sighting him and actually being a good outdoorsman and not pulling the trigger.  I can see making the mistake if you have no idea there might be a wolf in the area, but i dont think that was the case here, besides this animal is about 3 times the size of a coyote.

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Posted: 14 December 2011 11:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I, for one, can totally see how an honest mistake can be made.  Particularly if the wolf was cruising through some high grass or CRP.  If you’ve ever been black bear hunting you know how difficult it can be to size up an animal.  I wonder when the first person is going to get nailed for shooting one?  I hope it doesn’t happen to someone who made an honest mistake.

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Posted: 14 December 2011 11:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Is it illegal to shoot anything with slugs other than deer in the great state of Illinois?

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Posted: 14 December 2011 11:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I might be wrong…  but I always thought if I was in the woods during FA deer season and a coyote came by I could shoot it with my slug gun?  Am I wrong?  If so, thanks for the information.

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Posted: 14 December 2011 11:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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You can shoot coyotes with a slug.  ONLY during deer firearm season and you must have a valid open deer permit.  That is the law for hunting coyotes with slugs.  The coyote season is closed during the first two firearm seasons unless you have a unfilled firearm deer permit.

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Posted: 14 December 2011 12:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Thanks for the info.  At about $3.33 per slug, I’ve never found a yote worth the shot yet….yet…

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Posted: 14 December 2011 12:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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haha, it cost more to shoot them then the yote is worth.

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Posted: 14 December 2011 12:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Oh, I disagree.  I think a dead coyote is worth much more than $3.33.  Plus I love coyote hides.

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Posted: 14 December 2011 02:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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After seeing what wolves did to the wildlife population in Idaho I don’t think we want a wolf population in IL

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Posted: 14 December 2011 03:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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yote hides are absolutely beautiful! .........very noble and highly intelligent creatures…...every yote I take recieves proper respect and field care! and by doing so I get many personal satisfactions along with a lil cash in my pocket….alot more than $3.33….......

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